Naysmith has faith in Bayview youngsters

Kevin Smith makes his way past Prince Buaben.
Kevin Smith makes his way past Prince Buaben.

East Fife’s young guns will be given a chance to shine this season with boss Gary Naysmith having no qualms about putting his faith in youth.

The Bayview boss says he’s expecting big things from his starlets this season, and will give them every chance to stake their claim for a League Two starting jersey.

Throughout East Fife’s pre-season campaign the manager has already shown he has faith in the club’s young players, blooding the likes of Liam Wooley and David Maskrey, while Ross Brown and Lewis Barr featured in the first team last season.

Naysmith said: “As it stands we have 16 or 17 seniors but Cyrus Moosavi will be out until around October or November with his cruciate, so if we bring in another couple then we’re only at 18.

“If there are any injuries then the young lads are going to need to be involved.

“I gave them programmes to work on in the off-season to make them a bit stronger so they came back with an edge, and they’ve taken that on board,

“I wasn’t lying to them when I told them that in the six games they’ll get a run out.

“Most were on the bench against Hearts and it’s up to them to stake a claim and prove they’re good enough when they’re given an opportunity.

“I’ve shown with Nathan Austin, Dylan Rooney, Ross Brown and Lewis Barr, if they’re good enough they’ll be playing.

“I don’t care what age they are or what size they are, if they’re dojng the business they’ll be playing.”

This weekend East Fife’s run of home friendlies ends when Hamilton Accies visit Bayview.

During the week the Methil men were paired with Stranraer in the first round of the League Cup.

The tie will be played at Stair Park on Saturday, August 2.

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